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Welcome Center Hours This Weekend: Open 12-5 pm on Sat 1/24 & Sun 1/25

‘Tis the season to celebrate culinary culture during Howard County Restaurant Weeks!

2015 Winter Restaurant Weeks lambchop

 If you love fresh, innovative, delicious food, promise yourself, and someone special, to dine out at some of Howard County’s best tables.
Our top chefs are serving up feasts for foodies at fabulous fixed prices.

Shop The Mill, The Mall, Main Street, Maple Lawn & More


Shopaholics and fashionistas welcomed at The Mall in Columbia with its 200+ trendy shops. Historic Ellicott City and Historic Savage Mill are perfect for antiquing and upscale boutiquing. Learn more…

Pet-Friendly Places, Events, Pubs & Inns

“Top 10 Places is U.S. for Pet Lovers” according to US News & World Report, so bring Rover over (and Fluffy, Polly, Charlotte, Nemo…)

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Welcome Centers in Ellicott City & Savage Mill

WC Bench 2Stop in our Welcome Centers to get local insights and recommendations from our Tourism Team. Take a break in the lounge area, discover new area attractions, learn history from informational panels, and grab brochures for the best lodging, shopping, dining and sight-seeing.

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Visitors & Residents Guide Available

The award-winning Official guide to Shopping, Dining, Lodging, Sight-seeing, Living and Discovering Howard County, Where Maryland Comes Together!

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